Recent surveys confirm general corporate angst about data privacy and security, but the surveys suggest less awareness of who the real bogeyman is and what we should be afraid of when it goes bump in the night. Whether from being bombarded with legitimate news about Russians hacking our democracy or conspiracy theories regarding spying microwaves, when we focus on nefarious external threats, we risk losing sight of the leading root causes of data breaches: ourselves, or at least our employees and contractors. Many incidents that have resulted in substantial losses, both to reputation and resources, can be traced back to negligent insiders and vendors.
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